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Zoë Schlanger is Frontpage Editor at TPM. Zoë was a TPM intern in 2011, and prior to returning here she was editor in chief of NYU Local, the alternative independent student news site at NYU. Zoë has interned at places like the Nation, InsideClimate News, The Rachel Maddow Show and Gothamist. She can be reached at zoe@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The Federal Business Opportunities website clearly says "Do not upload ANY classified materials" -- but somehow U.S. government employees uploaded at least 1,000 pages of classified Israeli plans for a missile base.

The blunder knocked Israeli officials for a loop, reports Sheera Frankel of McClatchy:

"If an enemy of Israel wanted to launch an attack against a facility, this would give him an easy how-to guide. This type of information is closely guarded and its release can jeopardize the entire facility," said an Israeli military official who commented on the publication of the proposal but declined to be named because he wasn't authorized to discuss the facility.

The facility is supposed to house Israel's new Arrow-3 missile, part of a system 3 years from completion that will to extend the range of Israel's anti-missile capability and counter Iran's newer missile technology.

Obviously Israel would like to keep the possible locations of these missiles secret, not to mention the plans for their underground warehouses.

Nonetheless, U.S. military officials shrugged off the breach to McClatchy reporters, saying that documents and plans get uploaded "all the time." Yet even a brief perusal of the FBO website reveals that many proposals do not include complete public access to detailed plans.

This isn't the first time a secret bunker project has been outed via the government's bidding site.

Walter Pincus of the Washington Post uncovered a convoluted effort to mask U.S. contracting efforts aimed at building a complex of underground bunkers for Israel.

The bunkers -- called site 911 -- would cost approximately $100 million to construct, and called for "electrical, communication, mechanical/ HVAC [heating, ventilation, air conditioning] and plumbing."

Pincus speculated that the plans looked like a vast "command and control" structure. Ironically -- if Pincus is right -- that structure may have been to oversee the same recently outed Arrow-3 missile bunker.

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Tel Aviv District Court Judge Nissim Yeshaya resigned Wednesday after observing that "there are some girls who enjoy being raped" while presiding over a hearing on the rape of a 13-year-old girl, the Associated Press reports.

Yeshaya made the comment in the middle of a heated debate over whether the girl's rape, which was committed by four Palestinian youths who were convicted six years ago, constituted an act of political aggression.

A lawyer present at the hearing said that Yeshaya “didn’t really understand what he said and didn’t understand why everyone was quiet," according to the Times of Israel.

Many Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sharply criticized the remark.

Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) took to the House floor on Monday with a speech blasting President Barack Obama as a vengeful liar who is "not fit to lead."

Vice President Joe Biden is also not a viable alternative, Bridestine laments, and is "even more embarrassing" than the president.

"Mr. Speaker, the President’s dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness and lack of moral compass lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead," Bridenstine said. "The only problem is that his vice president is equally unfit and even more embarrassing."

Bridenstine listed Obama's "lie" about the Benghazi attacks, the "spying on a Fox News journalist and his family," and the IRS targetting scandal as evidence of the president's leadership incompetence. 

Bridenstine went on the Mark Levin Show the next day, where he compared his floor speech to Patrick Henry's famous speech "give me liberty or give me death," Think Progress notes.

Last month, Bridenstine gave a speech on the House floor ripping the "intolerant Left" for forcing the "sexual morality" out of the Boy Scouts, Towler Road reported.

A Lake County, Florida couple have been arrested on charges of child neglect after a 4-year-old shot off a piece of his finger with a gun that was left on their couch, WKMG Local 6 reports.

Donald Greeson, 40, told police he had smoked marijuana and took prescription pills the day before the shooting incident. Police also found drugs and prescription pills within reach of the child. In addition to child neglect, Donald Greeson was also charged with "unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine," according to WKMG Local 6.

The child's finger was removed in a local hospital.

A two-year-old girl was admitted to a children's hospital on Friday after being shot inside a home in Killeen, Texas, KWTX.com reports.

The child was conscious when she was taken from the scene, police told reporters. There was also a three-year-old inside the house when the shooting happened.

Police said they recovered a hand gun from the residence, but gave no further details.

While President Barack Obama has time and again claimed that the War On Terror is coming to an end, Marine Corps Commandant General John Amos gave a bleaker outlook during a speech Wednesday at Brookings.

According to Amos, the war on terror is far from over. 

Sandra Erwin, editor of Defense News, even went so far as to use the headline, "Top Marine Sees a Future of Perpetual War."

"Sooner or later the international community is going to have to address some of these thorny, tacky, nasty places around the world," said Amos.

Amos mentioned North Korea, Mali, Libya, Syria, Iraq, pretty much a host of regions that were simmering into increasingly difficult national security situations.

"I don't see any indication that things are going to settle down or become peaceful," said Amos. "You can't ignore that world I just described, can't turn your back on it, in some cases if the international community doesn't address these threats, we may find these threats in Washington DC, New York City, we may find them in the major cities all around the world."

Obama touted a decimation of Al Qaeda's leadership during the run-up to last year's election. Obama's rhetoric toned down a bit in his drone speech, saying instead the leadership has been "relentlessly targeted."

Amos was less optimistic.

"We may think we are done with them. But they are not necessarily done with us," he said.

On top of it all, Stephanie Gaskell of Politico reported Thursday morning that "More than nine months after [Benghazi terrorist attacks, Amos] still isn't sure how he'll pay for the additional protection Congress has ordered for diplomatic posts around the world."

In terms of the impending sequester, Amos said simply, "You can't ignore the world I just described," Amos said. "You can't turn your back on it."

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly brought RedState editor Erick Erickson on the air Friday afternoon to discuss his recent on-air lament about the increase in breadwinning mothers. 

“What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist in chief?” Kelly asked Erickson, who had asserted Wednesday that the "male typically is the dominant role," and the trend towards more working mothers is an upheaval of that natural order.

Erickson took to his website Thursday to respond his critics, writing, "Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families." 

"I don't think I'm an emo liberal. I was offended by the piece none the less," Kelly said to Erickson on Fox. She held up a highlighted piece of paper. "I think you are judging people. [...] This is a list of studies saying your science a wrong and your facts are wrong."

Erickson: I'm not judging them and no one should, it is just the reality.
Kelly: You are judging them.
Erickson: I'm not.
Megyn: You are. You come out clearly and say women who choose to work instead of staying at home to nurture the children they are making a worse choice. [...] Just because you have people that agree with you doesn't mean that it is not offensive. 

Kelly also compared Erickson's logic on natural male dominance to the pseudo-science used by people opposed to interracial marriage in the 1950s and 60s:

Kelly: In this country in the ’50s and ’60s there were huge, huge numbers of people that believed that the children of interracial marriages were biologically inferior and that is why it was illegal for blacks and whites to marry in some states in the country up until 1967. And they said it was science and fact if you were the child of a black father and white mother or vice versa you were inferior and you were not set up for success. Tell that to Barack Obama.

In a blog post on RedState.com, Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson replied to criticism of his Fox Business appearance Wednesday evening, in which he railed against the uptick of "breadwinning" mothers he says is "tearing us apart."

"Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families," Erickson wrote on Thursday. 

On Fox, Erickson expressed his dismay about a recent Pew study the found mothers to be the breadwinners in 40% of American households with children, explaining that a cursory glance at the animal world reveals that males are the dominant gender, and liberals who fail to see this are "very anti-science."

The blog post reiterated this sentiment, with the addition of a dig at MSNBC:

In many, many animal species, the male and female of the species play complementary roles, with the male dominant in strength and protection and the female dominant in nurture. It’s the female who tames the male beast. One notable exception is the lion, where the male lion looks flashy but behaves mostly like a lazy beta-male MSNBC producer.

Erickson continued, mocking the "liberal" idea that there is "no gender identifying role":

Men can behave like women, women can behave like men, they can raise their kids, if they have them, in any way they see fit, and everything will turn out fine in the liberal fantasy world.

Except in the real world it does not work out that way.

A man walked into the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission offices in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday, holding a pressure cooker he claimed was a bomb and told employees that he tried to blow up their entrance sign because it was misspelled, the Statesman Journal reports. The 'd' in 'And' was missing, rendering it the "Teacher Standards an Practices Commission."

Leonard Burdek, 50, said the pressure cooker had failed to detonate. He complained that the instructions he downloaded to make the bomb also had misspellings, the paper reports:

He implied that Chamberlain and her employees should be concerned about the level of education children receive given that the instructions were rife with errors.

The commission’s office is where people come to fill out their applications for a teacher’s license.

Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department, said Burdek’s pressure cooker was not a bomb, according to the paper. Burdek was charged with disorderly conduct.

“It looks like he was just trying to get attention,” Okada said.

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